Mary Babick, a Middletown trainer, was in line to succeed Bill Moroney as U.S. Hunter Jumper Association president four years ago, when he decided not to step down at the end of his term after some members urged him to stay.
Instead of being offended and quitting, Mary just worked harder to learn more about good governance and devoted even more of her time to volunteering for both USHJA and the U.S. Equestrian Federation. Today, she was elected to the USHJA presidency at a meeting in Texas. She will take office Dec. 15. The other candidates for the post was Illinois trainer Diane Carney.
“It’s such an honor and a huge responsibility to be selected as president,” said Mary.
“I look forward to working in concert with other passionate volunteers to unite our industry, tackle our problems and, in so doing, assist in the development of our future leaders.”
Mary is a USEF registered judge. She earned her instructor certification from the British Horse Society and is a USHJA certified trainer. She has trained in certified management accounting and worked on Wall Street in the area of compliance.
Mary has been on the USHJA Board of Directors since 2010,, most recently serving as the Hunter Discipline vice president and a member of the executive committee since 2012. Additionally, she has been a member of the planning committee and the emerging athletes committee (on which she still serves), as well as chairing the youth committee. Her committee work dates back to the earliest days of USHJA. In addition to her USHJA service, Mary serves as chair of both the USEF National Breeds and Disciplines Council and Horse Identification Task Force.
“The USHJA has an incredibly bright future, and I look forward to Mary’s leadership continuing to improve our excellent member services while growing our sport,” said Bill Moroney, current USHJA president on leave of absence and CEO of the USEF, who presided over the election.